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The widow ginger
Granger, Pip.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2003.

Physical Description:
234 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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It is 1954 and all is quiet at the Soho cafe where Rosie lives with her beloved Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert--that is until the Widow Ginger pays a call.
As Roger Bannister sprints into the record books by running the first four minute mile, The Widow Ginger, an ex-GI with ice-cold eyes, is planning to finish some unfinished business with his wartime partners, Uncle Bert and Maltese Joe. The 'liberation' of lorry-loads of U.S. Army stores on to London's hungry black market had kept all three men in clover until the Widow found his career cut short by a spell in a military prison. Now he is back, looking for his share of the profits and a little vengeance.
Meanwhile, lovely local Romeo Luigi has troubles of his own in the form of a beautiful redhead who is proving unusually hard to get. And that isn't all: Uncle Bert falls out with Maltese Joe--never a healthy option--and, really terrifying, Rosie's best friend Jenny has started to pass out cold at school...
The Widow Ginger follows further adventures in the characters introduced in Pip Granger's enchanting hit, Agatha Award nominated Not All Tarts are Apple.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In Granger's follow-up to Agatha nominee Not All Tarts Are Apple (2002), young Rosa Featherby resumes her innocent and charming reminiscences of 1950s London. Rosie is happy with her adoptive parents, Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert, at their quiet cafe in Soho, surrounded by a lively cast of adoring adults. But dark clouds soon begin to gather. An old wartime crony of Uncle Bert's, an ex-GI known as the Widow Ginger, is nosing around in menacing fashion, and Uncle Bert is now at odds with longtime pal Maltese Joe. Though she doesn't fully understand why, Rosie knows it's not good for Uncle Bert and Maltese Joe to be on the outs, and everyone is nervous about the presence of the Widow Ginger. Threatening incidents occur, and even Rosie can feel the tension. Despite the muted suspense, readers will warm to this unsentimental portrait of postwar London and the eccentrically lovable denizens of Rosie's Soho. (Aug. 23) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved